This time every year we hear about resolutions and predictions for the months ahead. We fall for the clickbait of outrageous outlooks and top ten lists of things we have to be prepared for in the New Year. Outside of the Chamber, I have taught spin classes for eight years and if I had a dollar for every New Year’s resolution I saw fail, I’d have enough to open my dream bourbon tasting room here in Worthington.
All that to say, I wanted to give my bold claims of things you’ll be seeing from your Chamber in 2022.
A new look and new impact. Our Board is meeting in late January for a Board retreat, followed by a Strategic Plan meeting in spring. Get ready to see big changes.
Events are back. Regardless of what the world throws our way, you’ll be seeing events coming back in some form, especially with an emphasis on professional development. To the woman business owner who said you’d “wear a hazmat suit – please, just bring back events,” I heard you…so suit up! Events are being added weekly on our website.
Increased business resources. From a new website early this year to other projects in the works, we are looking how to provide more than just dynamic programming to our business community and members. Whether you’re an entrepreneur just starting out because COVID-19 changed your career path or you’re a resident working at one of our largest employers, you’ll find that we’re working hard in 2022 to be your go to business resource.
Community Collaborations. In order to help build a better community it takes everyone together. Representing more than 550 businesses across 170 industries, we can serve as a conduit for community connections and a platform for meaningful conversations. We have begun a few partnerships already and have a few more being cultivated. So the real question is whose ready to collab?
Getting down to business. My first 90 days in this position I met with and heard from countless business and community leaders. I took copious amounts of notes and gained insights into the ecosystem of our business community. Whatever the months ahead may bring us, your Worthington Area Chamber is focusing on what our priorities will be and how we can have a greater impact in our community.